When you hear a couple is in therapy, you automatically think “problems.” Not necessarily. Here are some common themes couples try to sort out in therapy.
Issues With the Prenup
While the idea of getting a prenup is nothing new, a recent study shows that more millennials are getting considering the art of splitting their assets up legally, before marriage, part of their wedding to-do list.
“Couples are facing the need to have a prenuptial agreement before marriage because couples are marrying later and with more individual assets they want to protect,” said Mindy Utay, a LCSW and a former lawyer who changed careers to become a psychotherapist and certified psychoanalyst and mediator. “This is a difficult topic and many couples seek help to deal with the emotional reactions to facing a prenup negotiation and what it means for their relationship.”
Social Media Drama
Now more than ever, keeping secrets from your partner can become even harder to do thanks to a trace left on social media. Even if you didn’t have an affair, but simply found yourself getting a little too flirty with someone else online, a lot of offline drama can occur in your relationship.
“Couples have more access to each other’s communications via Facebook, Instagram and other online platforms,” said Utay. “There is much temptation to look at a partner’s device to see who they are communicating with or to view photos. This information may reveal things that cause distress and couples often come to therapy to discuss issues of trust and possible invasion of privacy, which can threaten their relationship.”
False Advertising of Relationships
Blame it on social media, rom-coms, or just trying to keep up with the Jones’ that surround you in life, but the idea of what a relationship should be like verse what it actually is, is so out of whack.
“The illusions precipitated media, movies and TV about romance do not match real relationships,” said Dr. Nancy…